NH DHHS - Division of Public Health Services Develops TIPS Service to Quit Smoking for NH Residents

Concord, NH — The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS) Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) has created a tailored

text service to help tobacco users in NH quit. The service is called Text

for TIPS and provides customized Quit Tips via text in order to help people

in their quit attempts.

“This service was developed for our residents after careful evaluation

established the effectiveness of motivational and supportive text messaging

to assist in quit attempts.” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public

Health at DPHS. “Recent studies have shown that text-based interventions

delivered via mobile phones are successful short-term and can roughly

double medium-term quit rates. These interventions are most successful when

combined with other cessation services, such as telephone counseling or web


To access the service, users enter their specific information on the

website www.TryToStopNH.org; after identifying what type of tobacco they

use and where they are in their quit process (thinking of quitting, ready

to set a quit date, already quit and need support), residents receive

customized tips over a six week period to assist with their quit attempt.

According to the 2010 National Adult Tobacco Survey, 64% of New Hampshire

residents who smoke report wanting to quit.

The service is free to NH residents, although message and data rates for

individual phone plans may apply. They can also receive daily recorded Quit

Tips by calling 1-800-GET-A-TIP, or sign up online to receive tips by email

(service coming soon). The tips are one of the many services provided

through the NH Tobacco Helpline. The Helpline provides no-cost counseling

and encouragement for quitting tobacco use to all NH residents and

currently offers free nicotine replacement patches by calling


For information or free help quitting, call the NH Tobacco Helpline at

1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit www.TryToStopNH.org. For more

information about the New Hampshire Tobacco Prevention and Control Program

visit www.dhhs.nh.gov